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Bats - The Flying Mammals.

Updated on July 14, 2013

The Flying Mammals

Many people have a mistaken belief about bats. They have been related with vampires, witches and the darker side of life. There are about 1000 known species of bat in the world, ranging in size from the giant flying foxes to mini bats no bigger than bumblebees.

There are only three of them vampire bats in the whole world. Fewer than one-third of one percent of all bats are vampire bats, the kind Count Dracula has taught us to scary.

Vampire bats live in south America, feeding mostly on the blood of cattle. Two of these species will only drink the blood of feathered creatures and the third type drinks the blood of cows and other large beasts, but only when they are sound asleep as they are scared of moving animals.

Some bats eat fruit. Some eat frogs. Seventy percent of all bats devour mosquitoes, scorpions, grasshoppers and other insects.

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About Bats

About Bats
About Bats

These are the world's most misunderstood creatures. But bats are actually reasonable, shy mammals that are particularly useful to humans. The bat is described as a mouse like night-time flying mammal of the family Chiroptera. It is a flying mammal with forelimbs changed to create wings.

They move through and hunt prey by echolocation. Bats are the sole mammals that can actually fly. In the Caves, the bat droppings can keep a whole host of ecosystems consist of bacteria, helpful in detoxifying rubbish things. These creatures able to eat more than 500 insects in less than an hour, as well as a huge number of flies, mosquitoes, gnats, beetles etc.

They are natural pest control agents. An impressive bat fact is one that makes farmers and homeowners love them: a single bat can eat up to 600 mosquitoes in just 1 hour! Most micro bats are on the go at night or at sunset. People are habitually wrong about is they think bats are blind.

The traditional saying goes 'as blind as a bat', but, in fact, bats actually have extremely strong sight. They can glimpse nearly as well as a human being, and while their vision is patently enhanced in the darkness, they can still see well. A number of bats even see in color!

Differing to misunderstanding, apart from good vision, bats have admirable strength of echolocation, so they do not get caught in your hands? Their wings are much flimsy than those of other birds; they can fly more rapidly and more precisely than birds. By emitting high-frequency sound waves and absorbing to the echoes (sonar), micro bats track down the target and other nearby objects.

This is the process of echolocation, an ability they share with Whales and dolphins. Researches also show that bats make all sorts of vibrations correspondence with others. Researchers in the area have taken notice to bats and have been able to identify some sounds with some behavior, bats will get the right after the sounds are made.

Wild Bats rarely pass along disease (rabies) to other creatures or human being and often risk their lives to share their food with less fortunate mates. In fact, Vampire bats take over orphans and care for them as their own! Their slow reproduction makes them in a weak position to extinction. They also, just like us, give food to their young by pectoral breasts until they are old enough to get food for themselves.

The common life-span of a bat is similar to ours as well as they can live up to forty or fifty years old. The greater part of bats could fit in the palm of your hand!

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Here are some other remarkable facts: Some seeds will not sprout unless they have passed through the digestive system of a bat - so fruit bats spread millions of seeds every year enabling many types of plants and trees to grow and bear more fruit. Also, like bees, some species of bats pollinate plants. In fact, some types of plants would not survive without the bats that feed on their nectar and pollen. Examples of these are avocados, bananas, peaches, mangos, figs and dates.

Most bats do not drink blood. Nearly 70 per cent of bat species are insectivorous, tracing their victim by means of echolocation. Others most feed on fruits and their juices. Some species even prey on vertebrates. These are the leaf-nosed bats of Central America and South America, and the two bulldog bat varieties, which feed on fish. There are two bat varieties are familiar for feeding on other bats. One is the Spectral Bat, also called the American False Vampire, and the other one is Ghost Bat of Australia. The Greater Noctule bat, is supposed to catch and eat small birds in the air.

The only enduring method to get rid of bats from a home and keep them out is: blocking them by bat-proofing. Bats often rest in dark, peaceful areas, such as attics and wall spaces. The entry points are habitually near the roof edge, such as under the roof space, soffits or loose boards, openings in the roof or vents, or gap around the chimney. Occasionally bats will settle at the back of shutters or under boards without entering the home. While the purpose is to seal off all of the actual and possible bat entry points, care must be taken to follow the proper procedures to avoid the bats inside the house.

Using chemicals to killing bats inside the house is not advisable. The use of chemicals only increases the chances that children and pets will came in contact with sick bats.

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Not Aggressive Animal

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Bat is not generally an aggressive animal. But, care should be taken to avoid direct contact, even with evidently healthy bats. Strange behaviors, such as a bat trembling on the floor, or a bat flying in midday, is motive for particular care to get out of all human or animal contact with the bat.

Where they Live and What they eat?

Bats are subject of all continents except the Artic.

The normal habitats are caves, trees, and buildings.

The food of Bats changes according to the species. Types of food eaten by bats include insects, small mammals, birds, fish and the eminent and the blood-eating vampire bats of South America!

Rabies carriers?

Bats have established a name as rabies carriers. Even though they can receive and transmit rabies, less than one per cent of wild bats test positive for rabies, according to the Organization for Bat Conservation. However most bats don't have rabies, it is a worthy idea to exercise caution if you are exposed to a bat. If you locate a bat in your residence and don't know if you have been bitten or not, it is a safe idea to begin rabies treatment as a safety measure. Bat bites are commonly painless and are so small that it is not possible to tell if you have been bitten, especially if you have been sleeping while a bat has been in your room.

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Bats are classified in the phylum Chordata, subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Chiroptera.

About Echolocation

It was discovered in the year 1930s that bats use high pitched sounds like a natural sonar to detect food and navigate. All bats can see, yet bats have developed the use of Echolocation to find food when steering and hunting for food at night time. Bats create high-frequency sounds, and the echoes of these sounds spring back which enables a bat to build a mental map. Use up this mental map they are able to get out of the smallest of blockages whilst locating their prey. In just a split second Echlocation allows bats to fix the size of objects, their position, how fast they are travelling and even their texture!

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      4 years ago

      As someone who has liked bats since childhood, I can relate to your article. I love watching the flying foxes fly over my house when it's fruit season, and they are active in the area.

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      Melissa Miotke 

      6 years ago from Arizona

      I'll be honest, bats scare me a little. It was interesting to learn more about them!

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      6 years ago

      Bats are super fascinating, in late spring and summer I intentionally go outside to see them when they start coming out and flying over my town.

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      6 years ago

      This lens is very helpful and informative! Great job!

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      6 years ago

      I know they eat a lot of mosquitoes, and that's good. But, I still think they are a little scary!

    • VspaBotanicals profile image


      6 years ago

      Bats are greatly misunstood, in my opinion, and I am totally fascinated with them. I hope everyone sees this lens.

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      Darcie French 

      6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      Very cool tribute to the amazing bat :)

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      6 years ago

      Returning to smile at this effort to bring us to understanding and appreciating our bat friends.

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      Blonde Blythe 

      6 years ago from U.S.A.

      Very informative lens on a fascinating but misunderstood topic!

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      6 years ago

      When we first moved in where we now live, we found many bats inside the house. We have been fortunate to reduce the population by banishing them to the outdoors, but every once in awhile, another bat makes its appearance known inside.I surely appreciate your visits an' SquidLikes to my pages. Thank you so much.

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      6 years ago

      Bats are made to look scary, but they are not, they are like any other species deserving respect and a right to live. Very well written article on bats.

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      6 years ago from Canada

      What an excellent lens, I love the layout! Thanks for writing it.

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      Miha Gasper 

      7 years ago from Ljubljana, Slovenia, EU

      Bats are really special kind of creatures. They are important factor in ecology too. Great job with this lens!

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      7 years ago

      Fascinating lens. Of course in Britain it is against the law to move a bat colony from a property without experts from the RSPCA or other wildlife experts being involved - and if they are a rare species, you are stuck with them, at least until their young are adults. I love bats, we have a substantial local population and me and my kids love to watch them fly at dusk. Thanks for this lens.

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      7 years ago

      Shouted on FB. Forgot to mention that I love your use of the backyard party theme here....and how you are helping us love these misunderstood creatures. Your comment on a vampire bat's nose helping them find the "sweet spot" sure is standing out to me for some reason, a cool way of putting it.

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      7 years ago

      Bats have always been welcome outside just for all the mosquitos they eat. I wasn't aware that they actually nurse their young, but that makes sense since they are mammals. Your video on How to Get Rid of Bats is so cutely done with great information and now we can all be at peace with bats outside, especially since they rarely spread disease to us and less than 0.5% have rabies but as you say, let's exercise caution with them. One lensmaster has a lens on building bat houses, perhaps if we give them their own comfortable home they'll stay out of ours. I remember visiting Grandma years ago, she opened the attic door and down came some bats. Grandma had no fear, she got out a fly swatter and when one was knocked down, her poodle made sure it didn't fly again. The next day my Dad put up screening and cleaned up after them and no more bats. So well done with interesting facts on bats...they are our friends! I like the box on the wall method of catching and releasing.

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      7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing the bats lens with me!

    • Totus Mundus profile image

      Totus Mundus 

      7 years ago

      Interesting, informative bat lens. Not my favorite creature, though.

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      Nancy Johnson 

      7 years ago from Mesa, Arizona

      I've read about bats before, but didn't think of them as "flying mammals". Years ago I lived in a town where there were lots of bats. When I moved away, the bat population was down. I don't know why, but too bad for that town. Now I bet there are lots more bugs.

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      7 years ago

      I love bats, they're so acrobatic and agile. I see little brown bats flying around my yard at dusk on a routine basis. I'm really glad they are there to eat up the mosquitos.

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      7 years ago

      A lot of interesting information about bats. Until now I just saw them flying sometimes in the night time, now I know a little bit more about these little creatures.

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      FallenAngel 483 

      7 years ago

      Lovely lens about an animal I love. The best way to see bats is to buy a bat detector and get out in a park near water on a warm evening. Bats are wonderful creatures and without them there would be a lot more biting insects around.

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      7 years ago from East Central Florida

      I didn't realize bats were mammals! I guess bats are just something I've never thought about much.

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      7 years ago

      I grew up with bats flying around at dusk. They are amazing creatures! Thanks for sharing!

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      7 years ago

      I had many misconceptions regarding bats. Now because of your very informative lens I think bats are very COOL.

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      7 years ago

      Yes, people have the misconception that all bats are vampires and feed on humans. They really do look like rodents with wings, just uglier! I'd love to have one around my property to get rid of the mosquitoes that like to hang around!

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      DesignedbyLisa LM 

      7 years ago

      I have always thought that bats are cool looking. But, I don't like them in my house. :)

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      Nathalie Roy 

      7 years ago from France (Canadian expat)

      Bats are cool, I love these creatures. Not afraid of them, they are intriguing

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      7 years ago

      Loved the video, but feel sorry for the pig.

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      7 years ago

      When we were kids on vacation we went to Carlsbad Caverns and saw all the bats leaving at one time, scared the crap right out of me. Not a fan of bats!!

    • sukkran trichy profile imageAUTHOR

      sukkran trichy 

      8 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      @BryanLSC: dear bryanThere are no bats which are blind in nature. A few species use their sense of hearing more than their eyes as a matter of acclimatization to a particular lifestyle, but their eyes are still well functional. Old-World fruit bats generally have large eyes and navigate by sight. The tomb bat has relatively normal eyes and lives in places that are not necessarily protected from light, such as among rocks, walls or hanging from trees or roof spaces and emerging before nightfall to hunt. These two groups may rely more on dim-light vision. Microbats are developing echolocation and being thought to depend mostly on sonar rather than vision. Since echolocation only works best over short distances, vision appears to be primarily used for the detection of landmarks and to avoid objects when moving over long distances, for example during seasonal migration or go back and forth between feeding sites. The bat has enough vision to lead its own life. any how i will post a link list shortly for your reference.thanks for writingsukkran

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      8 years ago

      Referring to your statement about bats' eyesight @ "About bats", are you sure they have good eyesight? After years of my study in natural science and watching numerous documentaries, I've learnt that bats CAN see but their eyesight are poor. So why do u claim their eyesight is good? This is in fact the first time I hear such claim. Can u clarify on this matter please? Where is your source? Thanks!

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      8 years ago

      Really good lens about bats as flying mammals - I never thought of them that way - love how you presented the information.

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      ChrisDay LM 

      8 years ago

      This is a great lens - we are seeing fewer bats at home, possibly due to a reduction in flying insects (possibly due to agrochemicals).

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      David Gardner 

      8 years ago from San Francisco Bay Area, California

      Nice lens. I've liked, favorited, thumbs-upped, and lensrolled your masterpiece to my lens on Fruitbats. Congrats on a great job!

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      Linda Hoxie 

      8 years ago from Idaho

      Excellent information, I love the bats flying all over this lens too and black is the perfect background, well done!

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      dandan594 lm 

      9 years ago

      Bat are a misunderstood creature, my daughter would like one as a pet but iI had to explain that she would never see due to their different sleeping times.


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